Can’t beat a bit of bully – Callan Rydz bang on target to take out Rob Cross

Callan Rydz produced a stunning display of finishing to see off Rob Cross and book his place in the quarter-finals at the Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool. The 23-year-old hit four bull finishes including a maximum 170 check-out in the penultimate leg on his way to an 11-8 victory at the Winter Gardens. He told Sky Sports: “Practice has been going amazingly. I didn’t start well, but I came into it and the finishing was spot-on tonight. “I lost my grandma – she used to come here every year –…

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Bundesliga retain five substitutions, to welcome away fans from August 27

The Bundesliga and second-tier Bundesliga 2 will permit five substitutions per match in the 2021-22 season while away fans will be allowed to attend games from matchday three on Aug. 27, the German Football League (DFL) said on Wednesday. Football’s law-making body IFAB gave competition organisers the option of allowing teams to continue using up to five substitutes per game until the end of 2022 and the DFL’s Extraordinary Members Assembly took up the option. Most matches last season were played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic — with…

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Steve Dangle and Julian McKenzie share their Kraken expansion mock drafts

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Kansas City Chiefs re-sign DE Alex Ikafor to 1-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Veteran defensive end Alex Okafor has signed a one-year deal to return to the Kansas City Chiefs, just days before the first players begin reporting for training camp. The Chiefs did not disclose financial terms in announcing the deal Tuesday. The 30-year-old Okafor has 30 sacks and 183 tackles in eight NFL seasons, including the past two with the Chiefs. He joined the club as a free agent from New Orleans in March 2019, signing a three-year, $18 million contract. Okafor made an immediate impact…

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Djokovic posts artwork showing Wimbledon dream

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has posted an emotional artwork on his social media accounts. It shows a young Novak holding a tennis racket and a homemade Wimbledon trophy looking into a mirror, where the fully grown 20-time Grand Slam champion is holding the real Wimbledon trophy. In his post he described his childhood dreams: “When I was a kid, I was constructing Wimbledon trophy out of improvised material I could find in my room. I was looking myself in the mirror, saying “I am Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon champion”. To win…

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Alonso advice on making sprint qualy ‘more spicy’

Fernando Alonso has enjoyed Formula 1’s foray into sprint qualifying but reckons one set of tyres and one attempt in Friday’s qualifying would make it “more spicy”. The double World Champion rose to the occasion as Formula 1 trialled sprint qualifying for the British Grand Prix. Although he only qualified P11 on Friday evening, missing out on a Q3 berth by 0.025s, he put in a blinder of an opening lap in Saturday’s evening sprint qualifying. Shooting his way from 11th to fifth on his soft Pirellis, he was passed…

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Roberto Carlos’ reaction said it all when he was asked about Sergio Ramos’ move to PSG

Sergio Ramos joins PSG One of the more high-profile transfers of the summer window so far has seen Sergio Ramos depart long-time club, Real Madrid. The Spaniard had become synonymous with the capital outfit, having been on their books since all the way back in 2005 when he joined from Sevilla. During his stint with Madrid, Ramos would notch a staggering 469 appearances across all competitions, scoring 72 along the way. Ramos would also clinch a very impressive five league titles, four Champions Leagues, two Copa del Reys, four Supercopa…

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Tokyo Olympics: Testing, Sanctioning Of Components Of Anti-Doping System To Be Independent From IOC

In the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, both the testing and the sanctioning components of the anti-doping system will be independent from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The ITA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport Anti-doping Division (CAS ADD) will handle these respectively. Addressing the Session, the Chair of the ITA Foundation Board, Valerie Fourneyron, provided a final overview of the Pre-Games Testing programme for Tokyo 2020. “Following the postponement of the Games, the ITA Pre-Games Expert Group recalibrated its efforts in 2020 and reviewed all 33 participating sports and their…

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India Men at the top of their game for Tokyo 2020- Graham Reid

Graham Reid, chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team, believes that his squad is in the top mental shape heading into the Tokyo Olympics. ANTWERPEN – 2019 Test Matches: India Belgium v India (M) Photo: Graham Reid WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT WILLEM VERNES The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing nationwide lockdown saw the Indian hockey team holed up at the Sports Authority of India (South Centre) in Bengaluru for the majority of the past 16 months with very little exposure to the outside world. The Australian thinks that the challenging times…

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